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11/28/05

  03:26:52 am, by Nimble   , 2268 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Religion

Religion

Okay, this is going to be controversial.

I don't know what sort of disclaimer I can offer other than to say this is about me. They're my views, and even if you disagree vehemently with them, you may be able to see, at least, where they come from.

Diving in...

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11/21/05

  11:43:51 am, by Nimble   , 312 words  
Categories: Reviews, Books, Fiction

Survival : Julie E Czerneda

I'm a science fiction afficionado of sorts, but I must say, my collection is not that big. Out of the reams of books on shelves, it can take a considerable while to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Also, good fiction keeps me awake until dawn reading it, which is not always good!

I usually go with authors I have read previously, like Vernor Vinge or Robert Charles Wilson, but my favourite authors only write so fast.

So I took my birthday present gift card from Dena and spent some time looking at the summaries and flipping through pages to get a sense of author's styles. Julie E. Czerneda's "Survival" was one of the two I chose. I was very pleasantly surprised.

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  03:29:21 am, by Nimble   , 432 words  
Categories: Announcements [A]

Button Quails Now Call Here Home

We added to our menagerie this weekend with a pair of button quails. We've been enamoured of these little critters for probably a couple of years. I've only ever seen them at Pisces Pet Emporium in town (they have some great store pets as well, including marmosets and goodly-sized koi, and they're a great source for different aquarium plants).

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11/05/05

  09:20:26 pm, by Nimble   , 1117 words  
Categories: Reviews, Games

Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2

Link: http://ps2.ign.com/objects/746/746768.html

The accusation always goes that computers and video games make you gain weight because you're sitting on your duff instead of getting some exercise. That's not without some truth to it. Heck, I can feel it even just blogging here :)

That said, there are a few games that totally and utterly break this trend. The "Dance Dance Revolution" series certainly cannot be labelled as a "sit on your butt" game (unless you have an extraordinarily talented butt, which you might).

This is one of the latest in a line of home versions of the arcade dancing games, where you have to hit the arrows with your feet at the right time. Now you could theoretically use a regular controller for this, but it's just not the same without laying out the $20 (or maybe a little more, but you can get them for $20 easy) for a dance mat controller.

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11/02/05

  03:34:53 am, by Nimble   , 151 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Science

Pluto Has Three Moons

The Hubble plus really good researchers just keeps on coming up with surprises. It's been ages since I've kept up with Pluto. Last I left it, they had figured out that it had a pretty big-sized moon around it, Charon. I didn't even know that it had a confirmed atmosphere, however thin. Now this poor rock who people have been trying to take "planet" status away from has two new moons. Who knew?

The outer solar system is shaping up pretty interestingly. One thing that seems a little strange so far is that there is still no sign of an Oort cloud, which was hypothesized as being where long-period comets with odd orbits, like Halley's comet. Everything past Pluto has so far been in pretty much the same angle of orbit as the rest of the planets. How long before we can prove or disprove the existence of the Oort cloud?

  03:32:04 am, by Nimble   , 599 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Science

Virtual Photons

Have you ever wondered where forces in nature come from?

In mainstream physics, the theory goes that forces happen because matter exchanges little particles between them. Now, these are no ordinary particles, these are virtual particles. They 'borrow' energy from space, exist for a while, and then give it back.

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10/28/05

  11:43:43 pm, by Nimble   , 1052 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Languages, People

Telling Where People Come From

I've always had an interest in spoken languages. We boarded foreign students to help make ends meet once upon a very long time ago, so I got exposed to quite a few people whose first language was not English. I thought it was the most fascinating thing ever. My maternal grandpa, bless his heart, gave me two phrase books for my ninth birthday, Collins German and Collins Spanish.

That said, I can't really claim fluency in any of the languages I've studied, really. I've got enough of a lot of different languages to know the alphabets, some fundamental grammar, and to know how they work. A lot of the pronunciation errors that people make in English can be directly traced back to pronunciation rules or lacks of particular combinations in peoples' native tongues. Sometimes you can use these to trace where someone comes from, even if just in general. Sometimes you can look for clues if you hear them speaking their native language.

Let me give you a few samplings...

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10/27/05

  03:36:20 am, by Nimble   , 441 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Religion, Science

Light-Hearted Monkey Trial

I'm always interested in things that go on south (or, perish the thought, north) of the border here, to see what the latest shenanigans of creationism, or its smartly-dressed, smooth-talking brother, Intelligent Design.

So, the goings-on in the case where the Dover, Pennsylvania school district decided to put Intelligent Design into the curriculum (causing some science teachers to ask that their names be withdrawn as authors of the rest of the curriculum that they designed), has me most intrigued.

When I'm up late at night, flipping through channels, I see the ads for the injury lawyers and the like, and I cringe. Judges seem like they might be a mixed bag. Reading the transcripts of trials like this, though, are a refreshing change from whatever conceptions and misconceptions I have about the professions. Seeing a lawyer in a transcript saying things to Michael Behe like, "And to say this very colloquially, you conclude that it will take a large population a long time to evolve a particular function at a disulfide bond, right?" is utterly surreal.

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10/22/05

  11:13:38 pm, by Nimble   , 215 words  
Categories: Reviews, Programming, Toys

Bubble, Bubble, Build's In Trouble

Well, my coworker Robert actually went out and did it :)

I came back to work after my wedding to see two lava lamps on top of the filing cabinet outside our office.

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  10:50:03 am, by Nimble   , 742 words  
Categories: Reviews, Games

Katamari Damacy

Link: http://www.namco.com/games/katamari_damacy/

A lot of people I know have encountered this before (to which I have to say, why didn't you tell me about it?), but our good friends Ennien and Robin showed this to us during one of our visits.

They gave us a pre-wedding gift of a Playstation along with this quirky, quirky game. It was mighty fine for stress relief. In the history of unique games, I would place this one right up there with Dungeon Keeper (where you get to be the bad guy defending your treasure against heroes) or Nomads (battling out between flying islands).

This game is weird, weird, weird, and I love it!

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  03:38:25 am, by Nimble   , 104 words  
Categories: Reviews, Movies

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Link: http://www.wandg.com/

My best man took me to see this movie on the day of the wedding. Ahhh, what a nerve-calmer :)

It's pretty good, and the story line with its twist is nifty, but it doesn't get truly funny until quite late in the movie. I still much prefer Aardman's "A Close Shave" for its pace and humour.

Still, I hope they make more. Making a feature-length claymation film is pretty impressive. Seeing it in the movie theater, you can see the fingerprints on Gromit pretty clearly.

(The business of censoring the poster on the Isle of Portland in the UK was quite bizarre as well.)

10/19/05

  03:40:15 am, by Nimble   , 1827 words  
Categories: Announcements [A]

Wedded!

Wow, I am going to have a lot of updates to do here, especially to the wedding site, now that we've done the whole kitten kaboodle!

The wedding went great!

Some people told me in advance that things go much more quickly than you had imagined it would. I would not have believed that before. I do now.

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10/11/05

  01:29:18 am, by Nimble   , 167 words  
Categories: Distractions, Reviews, Toys

Frigits

While I was ordering a couple of things from good ol' ThinkGeek, I decided to spoil myself a little bit with a silly toy. That toy was Frigits, which is essentially a little marble maze on magnets that you stick to the side of your fridge. You know, stainless steel refrigerators may look nice, but to deny yourself magnets and other toys... I just can't see them being worth it.

Anyhow, here's a picture...

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10/08/05

  01:42:39 am, by Nimble   , 509 words  
Categories: Announcements [A]

A Week Left!

Great googly-moogly - there's a week and some handful of hours left until the wedding. Criminy! Lots of last-minute things to do, I'm sure, but we have covered off so many. We can't get away for an actual honeymoon, but we'll spoil ourselves for a couple of days - this sort of occasion doesn't come around very often!

One late-minute thing I covered off was to get the rings engraved on the inside. It has our names, the date of the wedding, and the phrase Anar ar isil in Tengwar as a nod to many things.

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10/07/05

  01:46:19 am, by Nimble   , 1034 words  
Categories: Reviews, Programming

.NET and Delphi 2005

WARNING: Technical :)

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